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Switching lanes? Slow down and be cautious

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2020 | Personal Injury

You probably know that switching lanes cautiously is important. After all, if you don’t notice a vehicle in the lane next to you or pass too closely to one, someone could get hurt.

Did you know, however, that there are actually specific steps that you should be taking before you switch lanes? Here’s how they’re supposed to go:

  1. When you start changing lanes, the first step is to always turn on your signal. Let others around you know where you’re going to go. Don’t do this at the last moment. Do your best to put that signal on for at least a few seconds before attempting to change lanes.
  2. Next, check your rearview mirror and side mirrors. If you don’t see anyone in them, still make sure to look over your shoulder to check any potential blind spots next to your vehicle.
  3. Now, change lanes when it’s safe. Do so quickly, and place your vehicle in the middle of that new lane. You should never straddle lanes.
  4. Finally, turn off your light, so you don’t confuse other drivers who think you want to continue changing lanes.

When drivers are on a highway, it’s of the utmost importance that they check the lanes next to them before they switch over. They can slow down and give others time to pass completely; trying to maneuver quickly could result in crashes.

If you are involved in a traffic accident with serious injuries or fatalities, it’s important to know your rights as a victim. Legal action can help you hold the negligent driver responsible for your losses and allow you to obtain the compensation and support you need during a difficult time in your life.